The Rough and Rowdy Contest did not take place at the Brushfork Armory Saturday afternoon, although anyone who wandered inside between 2 and 4 p.m. may have thought otherwise.
The Bluefield Lady Beavers improved to 6-2 with a 61-49 win over Wyoming East in a basketball game that featured 50 personal fouls, one technical foul and 46 of the total 110 points coming at the charity stripe.
Bluefield head coach Tony Mallamaci analyzed after the win, “Every time we play them (Lady Warriors), both teams are physical … it ends up being a very physical game.”
Remarked East head coach Angie Boninsegna of her team, now also 6-2, “We got in deep foul trouble early and we didn’t recover from that.”
Junior Bri Pertee left the game with two personal fouls only 2:06 into the initial quarter and finished the contest with four fouls, as did subs Taleah Bailey and Haley Butcher. Megan Davis and Hailey Lowman both fouled out for the Lady Warriors, who were whistled for 26 fouls.
Bluefield was called for 24 personals and had Tyra Jackson, Dazia Edwards and Deja Taxley with four fouls apiece when the dust had cleared.
Jackson and Edwards worked inside, especially after Pertee had exited with two personals, scoring seven and four points each in the inaugural quarter.
Lowman had produced the third lead change at 6-5 in favor of East with 4:15 remaining in the initial chapter before five consecutive Bluefield points swung the lead in the Lady Beavers’ favor for keeps.
Edwards made the first shot of a two-shot trip to the charity strip to knot the score at 6, but after missing the second, an alert Jackson corralled the rebound and put it back in to give her team the lead for good.
Jackson added to that with a three point play with 2:28 showing in the first.
Lowman sank a trey at the 7:20 mark of the second to trim the deficit to 18-14, but that four-point difference would be as close as the visitors would get the rest of the way.
In fact, after Lowman’s trifecta, the Lady Beavers went on a 14-1 run to give themselves some breathing room.
Eighteen fouls were called combined in the opening two chapters. The second half would be witness to 32 more personals, as 30 of the 54 second half points came at the foul line.
There was no dirty play on either side. It was just a rough-and-tumble, or a rough-minus the-rowdy, if you prefer, basketball game.
Taxley’s driving score with 5:07 showing in the third quarter produced the biggest lead of the afternoon at 40-22.
Mallamaci said, “I thought we looked good in spots and sloppy in spots. … Overall, I’m pretty pleased. That’s (East is) a pretty good team.”
Brown and sophomore Destiney Sims each scored 11 points for Bluefield, while Hayden finished with 10, including a trio of threes.
The Lady Warriors, who don’t have a single senior on their roster and started two freshmen in the backcourt, were paced by ninth grader Davis’s 10 points. Haley Butcher, also a freshman, tossed in eight, while Pertee, junior Chiara Jewell and sophomore Lowman contributed seven apiece.
Wyoming East (6-2)
Bri Pertee 2 3-7 7, Chiara Jewell 3 1-2 7, Hannah Ford 1 0-0 2, Megan Davis 1 8-11 10, Michaela Shumate 1 0-2 2, Taleah Bailey 0 6-8 6, Hailey Lowman 1 4-6 7, Haley Butcher 4 0-0 8. Totals 13 22-36 49.
Tyra Jackson 4 1-2 9, Jesslyn Fullerton 1 3-4 5, Essence Brown 3 5-7 11, Jessica Hayden 3 1-2 10, Dazia Edwards 2 3-8 7, Abby Atwell 0 1-2 1, Destiney Sims 3 5-8 11, Deja Taxley 1 3-4 5, Teryn Auville 0 2-4 2. Totals 17 24-41 61.
WE 9 11 12 17 — 49
B 16 20 9 16 — 61
3-point goals — WE 1 (Hailey Lowman 1). B 3 (Jessica Hayden 3). Fouled out — WE Megan Davis, Hailey Lowman. B, none.